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Privacy Seminar 2017

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This is the main web site for the Privacy Seminar (NWI-I00136) of the TRU/e security master.


In this seminar we will explore the state of the art in privacy enhancing technologies (PET), and discuss theories (technical, legal and societal) of privacy.


The course code is NWI-I00136.

The seminar teachers is Jaap-Henk Hoepman.

You will do, in groups of two, a small research project on a particular topic, chosen from a list. The idea is to let you first investigate a particular practical case (what are the privacy issues (from a legal and societal perspective), how are they dealt with), and then let you perform some research using particular PETs to solve the problem. You present the results in class as well as writing a student paper on the same topic.

Presence at all lectures is mandatory! (Not present without a valid reason = fail!). Valid reasons are: illness, accident, other study obligation (like exams, study trip), important family events. Invalid reasons are: holidays, trips etc, even if booked before the course started, and many many others.

The final grade = (2*grade for paper + grade for presentation) / 3. If the grade for the paper or the presentation is below 5.5, the lowest grade is the final grade!

Background documents


You should have successfully completed the Cryptography course.


The first few lectures will be spent on outlining the course and the area of privacy enhancing technologies. We also have several invited guest lectures. Slides of the lectures will become available after the lecture.


The course is supported by a wiki, to which all are invited to contribute. You can go the wiki to request an account to get edit rights.


The paper skeleton must be submitted on or before May 4. Deadline for the final paper is June 15. Both deadlines: 12 o'clock noon.


Schedule (spring 2017)

Lectures take place from 10:30 to 12:30 in room HG00.108. Slides of presentations that are available are linked from here. The links are released after the lecture.

Please note that this is a seminar. Therefore the classes are not taught as a video lecture!

Date Topic Deadline
February 9 "Course overview", and "Privacy: an overview"
February 16 Basic techniques, by Jaap-Henk Hoepman.
February 23 (no lecture)
March 2 (no lecture)
March 9 Guest lecture Richard Willems "Youth Welfare".
March 16 Guest lecture Marc van Lieshout (TNO) " The value of privacy".
March 23 Location privacy
March 30 (no lecture)
April 6 (no lecture)
April 13 RFID / Internet of things
April 20 Identity management
April 27 (no lecture)
May 4 Electronic voting Deadline paper skeleton
May 11 Smart metering / smart grids
May 18 Censorship prevention
May 25 (no lecture)
June 1 Anonymous messaging
June 8 Privacy in big data
June 15 (no lecture) Deadline student paper

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Email: jhh@cs.ru.nl